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Evaluating Web Resources
Evaluating Internet Information
Google and other research engines are frequently the first place that people look for information. The internet provides useful, current and interesting information as well as very biased, inaccurate or incomplete information.
The following criteria may help you determine whether to use a specific web site for information.
- Look at the URL and determine the type of domain (.com, .edu, .gov, .org, etc.).
- Identify who created the site; this information may or may not be listed on the website.
- Find the author's or publisher's credentials; this information may or may not be listed on the website. On many websites, the section called 'About Us' will provide this information.
- Consider the purpose of the site.
- Find out when the site was created and how frequently it is updated. Check to see when was it last updated. Older information may or may not be useful to you.
- Determine if the website provides unbiased information and/or covers cover more than one side of the topic.
- Try to evaluate if the information factual or opinion.
- Consider whether the information can be verified elsewhere. Wikipedia is an example of an informational website that you might use if you can verify the data or facts in another reliable source.
National Women's Studies Association
The National Women's Studies Association leads the field of women’s studies in educational and social transformation. Established in 1977, NWSA is a professional organization dedicated to leading the field of women's studies and gender studies, as well as its teaching, learning, research, and service wherever they be found.
Feminist Majority Foundation
The Feminist Majority Foundation (FMF), which was founded in 1987, is a cutting edge organization dedicated to women's equality, reproductive health, and non-violence. In all spheres, FMF utilizes research and action to empower women economically, socially, and politically.